Academy Award Theater began its full 39 week season with a high note -- with Bette Davis in her Oscar winning role in Jezebel. By looking at the list of actors who appeared during the series, you can see that this series ranked up there with the Lux Radio Theater in its range of movies chosen to be dramatized as well as the actors involved. Gene Hersholt, veteran radio and movie star, spoke as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the first show welcoming the E.R. Squibb Co., giant pharmaceutical company as sponsor. These 30 minute programs consisted of dramnatizations of movies whose pictures, players, techniques, and skills won or were nominated for the coveted golden Oscars.
The thirty nine episodes of this series aired between March 30, 1946 and December 18, 1946.
NOTE: Updated with Version 3.1 files on 23-July-2012.
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March 5, 2017 Subject:
One of Radio's Best Shows
The only complaints I have about this program are it was only a 30 minute show (less the time for the intro, close, and words from the sponsor) and not using some of the actors playing other characters in the film. For example, in the Maltese Falcon, the 3 introduced actors are Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sidney Greenstreet, because they had all been nominated for an Academy Award - winning or being nominated for an Academy Award was the main reason for being on this short-lived program. However, another actor was playing the Peter Lorre role of Joel Cairo. As many times as I have watched "The Maltese Falcon" (and this might be part of the reasoning for this), you expect Peter Lorre's voice - not someone trying to imitate Peter Lorre's voice.
Other than that, this was one of the best radio programs that recreated the stories of some of the best movies of the era.
January 12, 2016 Subject:
Best of the Best
This may be the best thing I have ever listened to. Bravo!!!